Saturday, May 16, 2009

Eastern Influences, watercoloring with watercolor crayon

I have a huge collection of Asian inspired images and yet I add another- I love this set from Stampin' Up with the swallows flying around. It is so lovely. This is a CASE from a card by Iliana Crouse. This card uses all the images in the set and is a good way to play with the watercolors as well.

Take the Stampin' Up watercolor paper - it is more fine than regular cold pressed watercolor paper you find in local art stores and takes stamping well. Use StazOn as you will be watercoloring and you don't want the image to bleed. I watercolored the flowers with cameo coral lightly leaving some areas white. It's always best to start with the lightest color first and work toward the darkest.
Then I used the aqua painter to pick up some darker colors- pixie pink and real red and starting from the darkest corner I brush toward the light end again leavingsome light edge showing.

This is the progression from right to left on how it was colored in with the finished panel on the bottom. I used old olive and artichoke for the leaves and chocolate chip for the branch.

I layered it on ridinghood red CS and mounted on Kiwi designer series paper wrapped with ridinghood red taffeta ribbon. The tag is the symbol for beautiful embossed in black after stamping with versamark pad punched with 1 1/4 and the red in 1 3/8 -tied with linen thread. Ridinghood red CS was stamped with the flowering branch and swallows in versamark and clear embossed for subtle look and holes pierced in the corners. It was then mounted on Kiwi base CS.

This was another project we made at our last workshop.

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